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Women's basketball: UCLA leads Stanford, 30-21, at halftime of Pac-10 tournament championship game

UCLA did it for 20 minutes.

Can the Bruins hold on for 20 more?

Seventh-ranked UCLA took a 30-21 halftime lead over second-ranked Stanford in the championship game of the Pacific Life Pac-10 women's basketball tournament at Staples Center.

It is the first time that Stanford has trailed at halftime since a Dec. 19 loss at Tennessee. And it could have been an even larger margin for UCLA if the Bruins had capitalized on numerous second chances they created with hustle on the offensive end.

UCLA is playing a scrappy zone defense that has denied Stanford opportunities to get the ball inside to junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who scored 32 points in a semifinal victory over Arizona.

Meantime, UCLA guard's Doreena Campbell (nine points) and Darxia Morris (eight points) are doing an excellent job penetrating to the basket for shots and passes. Forward Markel Walker (five points) also has set up teammates with outstanding interior passing.

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-- Gary Klein

Women's basketball: UCLA advances to Pac-10 tournament final with 63-50 victory over Cal


UCLA's women's basketball team will get another shot at Stanford.

The second-seeded Bruins cruised over California, 63-50, in a semifinal of the Pacific Life Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center to earn their third matchup of the season against the top-seeded Cardinal.

Atonye Nyingfa scored 17 points, and Darxia Morris added 14 for the Bruins, who led 37-23 at halftime and never looked back in improving their record to 27-3.

Two of those losses, however, came against Stanford, and neither was close.

Earlier Friday, Stanford rolled to a 100-71 victory over Arizona.

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-- Gary Klein

Photo: UCLA guard Rebekah Gardner and California guard Layshia Clarendon, left, battle for control of the ball in the first half Friday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press

Women's Basketball: Stanford defeats Arizona, 100-71, and advances to Pac-10 tournament final

Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and her younger sister, Chiney, added 21 points and 13 rebounds as the top-seeded Cardinal routed Arizona, 100-71, to advance to the championship game of the Pacific 10 Conference women's basketball tournament at Staples Center.

Stanford (28-2) had a bye into the semifinals and looked plenty rested en route to scoring the most points in tournament history. It was the third time this season that the Cardinal scored 100 points.

Stanford, which has won 56 consecutive games against conference opponents, plays the winner of Friday afternoon's semifinal between UCLA and California.

Arizona had advanced to the semifinal with victories over Oregon and USC. But the Ogwumikes and the Cardinal were too big and too strong for the Wildcats.

Senior forward Kayla Pedersen added 16 points and six rebounds for Stanford. The Cardinal made 59% of its shots.

Soana Lucet scored 17 points for Arizona (21-11).

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-- Gary Klein

Women's basketball: Arizona defeats USC, 72-61, in Pac-10 tournament

USC's quest to reach 20 victories ended Thursday.

So, perhaps, did the Trojans' chances of gaining a berth in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Arizona's 72-61 victory over USC in a Pacific Life Pac-10 Conference tournament quarterfinal at the Galen Center leaves the Trojans with a 19-12 record.

Last year, the Trojans also went into Selection Monday with 19 wins and were not invited to the NCAA tournament.

Arizona put USC in another tough spot with a second half that featured a three-point shooting display that turned a one-point halftime lead into a 17-point margin with less than eight minutes left. The Trojans cut the deficit to eight points but could not come back.

The Wildcats (21-10) finished seven of 13 from three-point range. Guard Davellyn Whyte made five of eight three-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points.

Arizona advanced to play top-seeded Stanford on Friday at Staples Center. UCLA plays California in the other semifinal.

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Women's basketball: UCLA will play California in Pac-10 tournament semifinal

UCLA's women's basketball team, which received a bye into the semifinals of the Pacific 10 Conference tournament, will play California on Friday at the Galen Center.

Sixth-seeded Cal advanced with a 48-43 quarterfinal victory over third-seeded Arizona State on Thursday at the Galen Center.

Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon, who played at San Bernardino Cajon High, scored 22 points for Cal.

Arizona State trailed by one point, 44-43, after two free throws by Tenaya Watson with 47.8 seconds remaining. But Clarendon made four free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

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Women's basketball: Cassie Harberts scores 31 points as USC defeats Washington State, 78-66, in Pac-10 tournament

Freshman forward Cassie Harberts scored 31 points and had 14 rebounds as fifth-seeded USC defeated Washington State, 78-66 ,in the first round of the Pacific Life Pacific 10 Conference women's basketball tournament Wednesday at the Galen Center.

The victory improved the Trojans' record to 19-11. USC will have the opportunity to reach the important 20-win mark when its plays Arizona in the quarterfinals Thursday.

USC Coach Michael Cooper and several other Pac-10 coaches said before the tournament that 20 victories would put conference teams in the conversation for berths in the NCAA tournament. Arizona improved to 20-10 by defeating Oregon earlier Wednesday.

Jacki Gemelos scored 13 points and had nine rebounds for USC.

Jazmine Perkins scored 17 points and 11 rebounds for Washington State, which finished 8-23.

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Women's basketball: Arizona defeats Oregon in Pac-10 tournament

Arizona fell behind with just over two minutes left, but the fourth-seeded Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pacific 10 Conference women's basketball tournament with a 90-89 victory over upset-minded Oregon at the Galen Center.

Forward Soana Lucet and guard Davellyn Whyte each scored 23 points and forward Ify Ibekwe had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Arizona, which improved to 20-10 and will play either USC or Washington State on Thursday.

“We are definitely  [an NCAA] tournament-caliber team,” Arizona Coach Niya Butts said. “I think we're playing that way down the stretch.”

Arizona and Oregon, under former Lakers and Loyola Marymount men's coach Paul Westhead, combined for the most points in the history of the event, which is in its 10th year.

Oregon, which trailed by 18 points early in the second half, appeared on the verge of an upset when guard Ariel Thomas made a three-point shot with two minutes 13 seconds remaining to put the Ducks ahead, 87-86. She followed with a basket off a drive to put Oregon ahead by three with 1:55 left.

But Lucet pulled the Wildcats to within one with a basket off a rebound and followed a missed free throw by Oregon with a layup off an assist from Shanita Arnold for a 90-89 lead.

Oregon had two chances in the final 5.6 seconds. But Deanna Weaver missed two free throws and the Ducks were unable to capitalize after getting the ball back on a jump-ball possession, Thomas’ long-range attempt from the top of the arc falling short.

Thomas made 11 of 18 shots and finished with a game-high 29 points. Amanda Johnson added 25 for the Ducks, who finished 13-17.

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Women's basketball: Arizona State defeats Oregon State, 50-44, in Pac-10 tournament

Guard Dymond Simon scored 13 points and guard Tenaya Watson added nine as third-seeded Arizona State defeated 10th-seeded Oregon State, 50-44, on Wednesday in the Pacific 10 Conference women’s basketball tournament at the Galen Center.

Arizona State improved to 20-9 and will face either California or Washington in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Arizona State led 27-20 at halftime and extended its lead to 15 points before Oregon State began chipping away at the margin.

“We’re really not that comfortable with pulling away,” quipped Arizona State Coach Charli Turner Thorne. “We like to make it interesting.”

Guards Sage Indendi and Alexis Bostick each scored 10 points for Oregon State, which finished the season 9-21.

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Philip Hersh: Women ski jumpers take foggy leap of faith toward Olympics


The fog in Oslo, Norway was so thick Friday that spectators at the bottom of the windswept ski-jump hill at the World Nordic Ski Championships could see little more than the moment the women athletes skied through the finish area.

Now those athletes can only hope the International Olympic Committee will see what happened under those conditions as clear evidence their event should be in the 2014 Olympics.

IOC member Gian-Franco Kasper of Switzerland, president of the International Ski Federation, said after Friday's event he was "90 percent optimistic'' women's ski jumping would be on the program for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

That decision should be made in late March or early April.

The IOC denied that opportunity to women jumpers at the 2010 Games for reasons that had more to do with the fog of sexism that still pervades the Olympic old boys club than any of the reasons it raised for keeping the women jumpers out.

The IOC said jumping had problems about quality of competition, number of competitors and numbers of nations involved, no matter that sports like women's (and even men's) bobsled and women's luge already were in the Olympics despite some of the same issues.

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